Ashley Pratte

In the weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri there has been a slew of discussions over the events that happened.

As expected, the Left took to social media to blame “institutional racism” in America for the events in Ferguson without giving any consideration to the facts. Citing “institutional racism” only seeks to perpetuate an issue that doesn’t exist here in America. The Left continues to make race an issue and are only doing more harm than good.

We have seen Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson seizing opportunities for themselves by taking advantage of the death of Michael Brown. These two men have continuously tried to make race an issue with a generation of young people who grew up in a very different time period. It is inappropriate to use the shooting of a young man as a way to push such an agenda.

It’s not just progressive talking heads that are perpetuating the message of “institutional racism” in America. Some liberal professors have now taken to twitter to start a social media effort under “#FergusonSyllabus” which seeks to provide resources on “institutional racism” and how to discuss the events in Ferguson in the classroom.

Just last week, a teacher in Alabama had elementary school students re-enact the shooting of Michael Brown by dividing African American and Caucasian students into separate groups to teach a lesson about “white privilege” in America. This type of behavior seeks to create a racial divide that will have detrimental effects on these young students who don’t see color as a barrier to success.

Now we have a professor who is drawing parallels between the looting in Ferguson and the Boston Tea Party and citing “white privilege” as a reason to excuse criminal activity rather than understanding the need for protest. The professor even wrote on his blog that “The tragic event of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri have led to protests and rioting against police brutality. It brings to the surface (again) the institutional racism that has always been in our country.”

Ashley Pratte

Ashley Pratte is a communications consultant in Washington, D.C.